So, the question is, is the defensive action by #12 from the white team in this video an example of good volleyball, or bad volleyball?
The first time I saw him do this, I thought, it was at best just bad volleyball, and at worst blatant showing off. But when I saw him do it more often more often I realised that while it is definitely a risky play, and quite possibly poor defence, it is actually good volleyball. In the normal way of things by playing this tipped ball the ‘traditional’ way there is no way he would then be in a position to attack. As it is, his footwork to get to the ball and his posture as he plays it puts him in a great position to then attack. You can see in this clip how fast he begins his approach and was available to spike a fast ball although the setter didn’t use him.
The lesson, as always, is …look twice at unusual things. They aren’t ‘wrong’ just because they are unusual.
Here is another version of the same play, with he is in a position to hit a fast ball and scores an easy point.